The Gift of Gratitude

TV news anchor Deborah Norville has uncovered some surprising benefits of saying "thank you."

It's one of the phrases you use most often, usually without thought. But just speaking two simple words can actually make you happier, healthier, and more energetic. In her book Thank You Power, Deborah Norville explains how saying "thank you" can yield those benefits—and many others.

Deborah has reason to be grateful. The two-time Emmy winner and anchor of the television news magazine Inside Edition has achieved that elusive balance between a thriving career and a rich family life with her husband, Karl Wellner, and their three children.

But Deborah's also had plenty of opportunities to practice gratitude during tough times. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Despite Deborah's difficult childhood, she graduated from college with a journalism degree and became the anchor of NBC News at Sunrise and a frequent substitute for hosts Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley on the Today show. But when NBC replaced Pauley with Deborah, viewers blamed her for destroying the beloved Gumble/Pauley partnership. Ratings declined, and Deborah lost her position.

Looking back, Deborah's thankful she doesn't hold a demanding job and has had time to host a radio program, act as a correspondent for a CBS newsmagazine, anchor Inside Edition, spend time with her family, and research and write Thank You Power. She credits her Christian faith for always helping her find reasons to be grateful.

Deborah spoke with TCW about how gratitude has changed her life.

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